PepsiCo Launches “Happy Spring Festival – Bring Happiness Home” 2015 Campaign

SHANGHAI, February 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On January 29, 2015, PepsiCo launched the 2015 version of the Bring Happiness Home (BHH) program in Beijing, China. In collaboration with China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF), the popular video-making and sharing app Meipai and many celebrities, PepsiCo is looking to mobilize the society into sharing their stories of family reunion during the Spring Festival through self-made mini movies. Meanwhile, as part of the Happy Spring Festival (HSF) activities organized by the Chinese Ministry of Culture (MOC), this year’s BHH will be broadcast overseas for the first time.

According to a recent survey, there is a growing addiction to mobile phones among the younger generation. About 51% of the respondents say they will use their mobile phones even with their families in the company, and over 45% of the young people spend more time on “mobile phones and computers,” than with their parents during the Spring Festival vacation. To encourage the young people to move their eyes away from the mobile phone screens, and spend some valuable time with their parents and friends, PepsiCo will partner with Meipai in this year’s BHH. The participants of the program are invited to record and share their moments of happiness during the Spring Festival reunion with their parents and families, so that they will bring back home not only happiness, but also their love and heart.

The best BHH mini movies will be made into a micro film, and broadcast simultaneously in China and Times Square in New York as part of the HSF celebrations in the city. As the first BHH campaign outside China, it will provide an opportunity for the overseas Chinese communities to share the same festive joy and happiness of their compatriots.

The MOC representative for the HSF program expressed that these authentic and happy stories filmed by many ordinary Chinese themselves will send out warmth and happiness of the Chinese New Year to the whole world. Launched in 2010, HSF of MOC is currently China’s largest cultural exchange program overseas.

PepsiCo’s pop stars, including Huang Xiaoming, Jolin Tsai, Show Lo, Amber Kuo and Li Yifeng, also experimented with the role of film director and made their own New Year’s mini movies with their families and best friends, which have greatly amplified the message of Bring Happiness Home in the society.

Richard Lee, Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo Greater China Region (GCR), said, “Unlike the previous BHH campaigns, this year, the consumers are given the opportunities to direct and make their own mini movies, and thus better associate themselves with the program. The partnership with Meipai has also made film-making an easy thing for these “amateur directors”.

Meanwhile, as part of the 2015 BHH campaign, PepsiCo is also introducing crowd-funding into the charity cause in collaboration with the CWDF. The participants of the BHH program can make donations to the Postal Parcel for Mothers (PPM) program of the CWDF by scanning the QR code with their mobile phones. Every 200 RMB yuan of donation can buy one postal parcel for the mothers living in poverty-stricken areas. PepsiCo GCR has been sponsoring the PPM program for three consecutive years. This year, PepsiCo GCR will deliver 2,015 postal parcels to help the mothers in the remote mountainous regions get through the cold winter days and enjoy a happy Chinese New Year.

Yu Hongqiu, Vice Chairwoman and Secretary of the ACWF and Vice Chairwoman of the CWDF, said, “PepsiCo has been providing support for the Mother Water Cellar (MWC) program over the past 14 years, and remains an important contributor to the development of CWDF. The BHH campaign, which again brings together the strengths of public welfare organizations and the business sector, builds a platform for the public to contribute their share to the charity cause.”

BHH, which has been running for four consecutive years, is PepsiCo’s brand program for the Chinese Spring Festival and one of the most successful marketing campaigns in China’s food and beverage industry. From the 2012 slogan of “coming back home is the happiest moment for your parents,” to the 2013 slogan of “where there is love, there is home; where there is home, there is happiness,” the theme of “love,” and “home,” has been running through the BHH program. Under the 2014 campaign, PepsiCo called on everyone in the society to share their happiness and contribute to the realization of the “Chinese dream.” This year, by giving consumers the chance to make their own mini movies, the BHH program has taken a step forward and reached a whole new level.


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Synutra Reports Third Quarter and First Nine Months of Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

~3Q15 Sales Increase 14.2% Over Prior Year Period

~~Formula Sales Increase 23.7%

~~3Q15 Net Income Increases 84.1% Over Prior Year Period

QINGDAO, China and ROCKVILLE, Md., February 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Synutra International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYUT), (“Synutra” or the “Company”), which owns subsidiaries in China that produce, distribute and sell nutritional products for infants, children and adults, today announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2015, ended December 31, 2014.

Mr. Liang Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Synutra, commented, “We are happy to report very strong results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015. We saw a 24% increase in sales in our powdered formula segment and an 84% increase in net income year-over-year. While competition in the Chinese infant formula market increased, our results this quarter reflect our ability to maintain sales growth through a strategic product offering, including premium and niche products, and drive profitability through operational efficiency. We intend to expand these initiatives as we strategically position Synutra to achieve sustainable growth in the coming quarters and years.”

Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

Net sales were $115.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2015, an increase of 14.2% from $101.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. Net sales from the Company’s branded powdered formula segment were $106.6 million, or 92.4% of net sales, in the third quarter, compared to $86.2 million, or 85.3% of net sales, in the prior year period. This increase was primarily driven by a 24% increase in milk formula sales by volume, and supported by a consistent average selling price relative to the prior year period. Sales of powdered formula products increased to 7,998 tons in the third quarter, compared to 6,449 tons in the prior year period.

Net sales from Nutritional Ingredients and Supplements were $5.6 million, or 4.9% of total net sales, compared to $6.3 million, or 6.2% of net sales, in the prior year period. This segment is primarily comprised of chondroitin sulfate materials sold to certain international pharmaceutical companies.

Net sales from Other Products, which includes imported whole milk powder and whey protein powder sold to industrial customers, were $3.1 million, or 2.7% of net sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, compared to $8.6 million, or 8.5% of net sales, in the prior year period. The decrease in sales from Other Products was primarily due to improved inventory control such that there was not excess milk powder to be sold in bulk to industrial customers.

Gross profit was $52.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, compared to $40.3 million in the prior year period. Gross margin was 45.7%, an increase from 39.9% in the prior year. This increase was primarily due to reduced production costs from lower-priced whole milk powder. Gross margin for the powdered formula segment was 49.9%, up slightly from 49.7% in the prior year period.

Selling and distribution expenses were $15.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, compared to $12.5 million in the prior year period. Advertising and promotional expenses were $10.5 million in the third quarter, compared to $9.8 million in the prior year period. The combined percentage of sales of these two expenses increased slightly to 22.8% from 22.0% in the prior year period.

Income from operations was $19.2 million, an increase of 61.1% over the prior year period. Net income increased 84.1% to $17.9 million from $9.7 million. Net income attributable to common stockholders was $17.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, or $0.30 per basic share, a 72.9% increase from net income of $10.0 million, or $0.17 per basic share, in the prior year period.

Nine Months ended December 31, 2014 Financial Results

Net sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2015 ended December 31, 2014 increased to $303.8 million from $271.8 million in the prior year period. Net sales from branded powdered formula products increased to $281.6 million, or 92.7% of net sales, compared to $225.9 million, or 83.1% of net sales in the prior year period.

Gross profit increased 17.4% to $135.4 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2015 from $115.3 million in the prior year period. Gross margin was 44.6% compared to 42.4% for the prior year period.

Income from operations was $57.2 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2015, compared to $27.7 million in the prior year period. Net income increased 133.3% to $47.8 million from $20.5 million.

Net income attributable to common stockholders was $45.4 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2014, or $0.79 per basic share, compared to $20.8 million, or $.36 per basic share, in the prior year period.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2014, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $85.5 million and restricted cash of $190.7 million, including the current and non-current portions. Net accounts receivable increased to $20.6 million as of December 31, 2014 from $18.9 million as of September 30, 2014. The Company’s inventory position increased to $85.0 million from $84.2 million. Total debt was $386.7 million, including $128.8 million of short-term debt and $134.8 million of long-term debt due within one year, representing an increase of $32.2 million from last quarter. Net debt, which is total debt net of cash and restricted cash, decreased by $12.3 million from last quarter to $110.5 million. The decrease in net debt was supported by the Company’s ability to use free cash flow for capital expenditures on its French facility during the third quarter.

Conference Call Details

The Company will hold a conference call on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the financial results. Listeners may access the call by dialing the following numbers:

United States Toll Free: +1 (855) 500-8701
China Toll Free: 400-120-0654
Conference ID: 70012758

A webcast and replay of the conference call will be available through the Company’s IR website at

About Synutra International, Inc.

Synutra International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYUT) is a leading infant formula company in China. It principally produces, markets and sells its products through its operating subsidiaries under the “Shengyuan” or “Synutra” name, together with other complementary brands. It focuses on selling premium infant formula products, which are supplemented by more affordable infant formulas targeting the mass market as well as other nutritional products and ingredients. It sells its products through an extensive nationwide sales and distribution network covering all provinces and provincial-level municipalities in mainland China. As of December 31, 2014, this network comprised over 780 independent distributors and over 470 independent sub-distributors who sell Synutra products in approximately 22,000 retail outlets.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about Synutra International, Inc. and its industry. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this release are forward-looking statements. In some cases, these forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “is/are likely to,” “may,” “plan,” “should,” “will,” “aim,” “potential,” “continue,” or other similar expressions. The forward-looking statements included in this press release relate to, among others, Synutra’s goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations, particularly the progress on the new drying facility project in France; the expected growth of the nutritional products and infant formula markets in China; market acceptance of Synutra’s products; the safety and quality of Synutra’s products; Synutra’s expectations regarding demand for its products; Synutra’s ability to stay abreast of market trends and technological advances; competition in the infant formula industry in China; PRC governmental policies and regulations relating to the nutritional products and infant formula industries and our ability to meet governmental requirements, and general economic and business conditions in China. These forward-looking statements involve various risks and uncertainties. Although Synutra believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these expectations may turn out to be incorrect. Synutra’s actual results could be materially different from the expectations. Important risks and factors that could cause actual results to be materially different from expectations are generally set forth in Synutra’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release. Synutra International, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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KINTEX Launches “K-BEAUTY EXPO 2015” — A Must-Visit Beauty Tradeshow from Sep. 17-20, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — KINTEX (Korea International Exhibition Center) announced that the K-BEAUTY Expo will mark its 7th grand opening on Sep. 17th, 2015. This Must-Visit trade show will go on for 4 days and drop the curtain on the 20th. 

The 7th K-Beauty Expo, undisputedly the largest in Korea and one of the most noticeable, promising and state of the art beauty fest in Asian region, will be more exciting and vibrant than ever before with soaring popularity of Korean beauty products throughout the entire globe, especially the whole Asian region. A cultural blitz called K-Wave, which encompasses Korean pop music, entertainers and TV programs, is now ferociously enchanting the people all over the world. Combined with the pretty impressive emergence of K-Wave, Korean beauty products have become a “Must-Have”, “Must-Put” item particularly for those who listen to K-Pop, watch K-drama and ultimately follow the style of Korean celebrities.

Looking inside the K-BEAUTY EXPO will deliver you the best pleasure of exploring all beauty secrets of global village. More than 500 local/oversea companies with approximately 600 booths are ready to welcome and excite the international buyers and visitors.

In an effort to provide the visitors with an opportunity to see “All about Beauty” at one place, products lineup for this year will much vary. The show covers a vast range of products including Cosmetics, Hair, Nail, Aesthetic, Body Care, Medical (e.g. Skin), Raw Materials, Packing, Inner-beauty foods, Fragrance, Fashion Items, Toiletry and Spa products.

If you are one of those who are interested in partaking in this fascinating and “Beauty”ful tradeshow, please visit or contact K-BEAUTY EXPO 2015 Secretariat (KINTEX) at, +82-31-995-8044.

Frost & Sullivan Honors Danisco Animal Nutrition for its Unique Animal Feed Additive that Combines Enzymes and Direct-Fed Microbials (DFMs)

– Syncra® AVI addresses the US poultry market’s need to reduce production costs while also improving birds’ gut health and growth performance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the poultry feed market, Frost & Sullivan has selected DuPont company Danisco Animal Nutrition to be the recipient of its 2014 North American Award for New Product Innovation for its poultry gut health solution. Acknowledging the growth potential in the poultry sector, Danisco Animal Nutrition introduced Syncra® AVI, a one-of-a-kind feed additive solution that merges the benefits of both feed enzymes and probiotics, which can be used as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters where consumer pressure has led to a call for reductions. It can also be used in conjunction with antibiotics and other additives to support poultry gut health and liveability. This advanced solution also radically improves bird growth performance and saves production costs.

DuPont receives 2014 North American Poultry Feed New Product Innovation Award

DuPont receives 2014 North American Poultry Feed New Product Innovation Award

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Danisco Animal Nutrition has maintained its leadership position in the feed enzymes market after more than 25 years of developing innovative combinations of its carbohydrase and protease products. These novel multi-enzyme products were the first products to enable the use of cheaper feed ingredients without lowering the birds’ performance. Similarly, the more recent Syncra® AVI meets the poultry market’s need to cut production costs, as well as maximize profits and efficiency in a sustainable manner.

“Syncra® AVI is demonstrably effective, as it is backed by research studies that truly show the benefits gained from combining the different but complementary modes of action of exogenous feed enzymes and probiotics,” said Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst Tosin Jack.

A recent research study showed that the blend enhanced the apparent metabolizable energy (AMEn) through superior protein, fat, and starch digestibility. It also diminished ileal insoluble non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) flow, aiding fiber digestion. Given that the poultry industry is expected to drive the feed ingredient market’s growth, this innovation represents a significant investment for the industry.

Syncra® AVI is designed to provide peace of mind for integrators running large poultry complexes. Not only is it thermostable, it can be used with antibiotics and other additives, and is sold in optimized dosages that have been proven to unlock full poultry feed potential. For instance, at an inclusion rate of 200g/ton for broilers, it delivers guaranteed levels of 10,000U/g xylanase; 1,000U/g amylase; 20,000 U/g protease; and Bacillus spp 3.75 x 108 cfu/g. Meanwhile, its convenience of application translates to decreased logistics costs and micro-bin space.

“Both customers and nutritionists perceive Danisco Animal Nutrition’s products as trustworthy because their solutions are always evidence based,” Jack said. “The company works closely with nutritionists and other stakeholders during the decision-making process, which means that its solutions meet the direct needs of the customers/market.”

Based on all these, and because Syncra® AVI is the first trial-backed solution that successfully combines probiotics and enzymes for the poultry market, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present the 2014 North American New Product Innovation Award to Danisco Animal Nutrition.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research.

About Danisco Animal Nutrition and DuPont

Danisco Animal Nutrition (, a business division of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, helps animal producers around the world maximize the return on their feed investment, improve liveability and tackle environmental and sustainability challenges through the delivery of optimized enzyme, betaine and probiotic feed solutions. The company’s uniqueness centers on its ability to combine these technologies, many of which are industry “firsts.”

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.

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Chocolate Trail @Harbour City 2015 – “Travel in the Chocoland”

Embark on immersive Chocolate Guided Tours and be part of the “Bean-to-Bar” chocolate journey at Hong Kong’s largest and most diverse shopping destination

HONG KONG, Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — From January 23 to March 1, Harbour City will host its sixth annual “Chocolate Trail.” The five-week long mega event will see Hong Kong’s largest and most diverse shopping destination transform into a “ChocoLand,” offering visitors a unique “Bean-To-Bar” journey to deepen their appreciation of how premium chocolate is produced and how to attain maximum chocolate tasting pleasure. Harbour City’s “Chocolate Trail” will feature highlights such as an immersive and educational “Chocolate Factory” installation, chocolate workshops and seminars, live demonstrations by local and visiting chocolate master chefs, and interactive art exhibitions — all set against a backdrop of close to 30 participating Asian and European chocolate brands.

From January 23 to March 1, 2015, Harbour City hosts its annual “Chocolate Trail” Mega Event. Harbour City transforms into a “ChocoLand” with the “Chocolate Factory” as the main decoration

From January 23 to March 1, 2015, Harbour City hosts its annual “Chocolate Trail” Mega Event. Harbour City transforms into a “ChocoLand” with the “Chocolate Factory” as the main decoration


Harbour City hosts a schedule of chocolate workshops to provide comprehensive insights of chocolate

Harbour City hosts a schedule of chocolate workshops to provide comprehensive insights of chocolate


Harbour City“Chocolate Factory” takes visitors of all ages on an interactive step-by-step “Bean-to-Bar” journey

Harbour City“Chocolate Factory” takes visitors of all ages on an interactive step-by-step “Bean-to-Bar” journey


In addition to featuring Hong Kong’s largest selection of premium chocolate through 17 existing branded chocolate stores, “Chocolate Trail” will showcase 10 pop-up stores from chocolate brands originating in France, Belgium, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. “Chocolate Trail” will also celebrate the Hong Kong launch of The Royal Touch by Carolyn Robb (England) and zChocolat (France), and showcase exclusive-to-Harbour City brands such as BVLGARI IL CIOCCOLATO (Italy), DALLOYAU (France), The Library Cafe — Prestat Chocolates (England), Chapon (France) and Frederic Blondeel (Belgium).

Chocolate Guided Tours

With a focus on the “Bean-to-Bar” journey, visitors to Harbour City’s “Chocolate Trail” can look forward to an exciting range of “Chocolate Guided Tours.” Highlights include:

“Chocolate Factory”

A signature installation of “Chocolate Trail,” the Harbour City “Chocolate Factory” will take visitors of all ages on an interactive step-by-step “Bean-to-Bar” journey where they can experience the full chocolate production process – from planting a cocoa tree, fermentation and drying, to roasting, cracking, moulding and packaging. The “Chocolate Factory” will be in the mall, and will incorporate an interactive Chocolate Experience Gallery as well as a ChocoVan Cafe for visitors to sample a wide range of premium chocolate.

Chocolate Workshops

Harbour City will also host a schedule of chocolate workshops led by experts such as local chocolate lover and tutor Ms. Katie Chan and tea Master-in-Chief of Chinese tea brand Fook Ming Tong Ms. Ji Yu Qin. The workshops will provide comprehensive insights on subjects such as chocolate culture, awarded chocolate tasting from “The International Chocolate Awards” and chocolate and Chinese tea pairing recommendations.

  1. Chocolate tea-pairing workshops
  2. Fine Chocolate Tasting Workshop
  3. Chocolate Kids College Workshop
  4. MUJI Chocolate Snacks Cooking Class

Live Demonstrations from Chocolate Master Chefs
Chocolate Master Chefs from brands such as agnes b. DELICES, DALLOYAU and GODIVA will host live chocolate making demonstrations and offer visitors expert tips and the chance to witness what goes into the preparation and production of some of their signature creations.

“From Cocoa to Choco – taking you through the Journey of Love”

Interactive Art Exhibition by Belgian Artist Ben Heine @ Gallery by the Harbour

With his original “Pencil vs Camera” and “Flesh and Acrylic” art forms, renowned Belgian multi-disciplinary digital artist Ben Heine will showcase a new series of artwork exclusively for Harbour City’s “Chocolate Trail.”

“Pencil vs Camera” will lead visitors on a mesmerizing journey around the birth of chocolate, through a 3D art installation which combines pencil sketching with photography, illusion with actual chocolate ingredients. Visitors will also be invited to step in and be immersed as part of his creation. “Pencil vs Camera” will be showcased at Gallery by the Harbour at Harbour City.

Ben Heine will also be present at “Chocolate Trail” from Jan 21st to 25th to lead an impromptu performance titled “Flesh and Acrylic,” which integrates a living person and moving chocolate fluid within an abstract acrylic painting. Combining various medium including chocolate by Galler Chocolatier, official chocolate supplier to the Belgian royal family, Ben will create a colourful, wild and eye-catching installation which visitors can not only visualize but taste.

Media interviews and photographic recordings with Ben can be arranged upon request.

“From Cocoa to Choco — Taking You Through the Journey of Love” Art Exhibition & Guided Tour

To help further understand the concept of “Pencil vs. Camera” artworks of Ben Heine, Harbour City has arranged guided tours of the “From Cocoa to Choco — Taking You Through the Journey of Love” Art Exhibition. Under the guidance of professional tutors, participants will experience visual effects that operate between virtual realms and the real world that has made Heine’s work world renowned.

Participating brands at Harbour City’s “Chocolate Trail” include:

Chocolate Shops at Harbour City

  1. agnes b. DELICES (France)
  2. Amedei (Italy)
  3. BVLGARI IL CIOCCOLATO (Italy) — [Available in Hong Kong exclusively at Harbour City]
  4. COVA Pasticceria & Confetteria (Italy)
  5. DALLOYAU (France) — [Available in Hong Kong exclusively at Harbour City]
  6. Fauchon (France)
  7. GODIVA (Belgium)
  8. Jean-Paul Hevin (France)
  9. LE CAFE de Joel Robuchon (France)
  10. Forestry – Bright Chocolate (Australia)
  11. Laduree (France)
  12. Leonidas Pralines (Belgium)
  13. Paul Lafayet (Hong Kong)
  14. Pierre Herme Paris (France)
  15. ROYCE’ (Japan)
  16. The Library Cafe – Prestat Chocolates (England) – [Available in Hong Kong exclusively at Harbour City]
  17. Venchi (Italy)

Pop-up Stores in conjunction with Harbour City’s “Chocolate Trail”

  1. Chapon (France) — [Available in Hong Kong exclusively at Harbour City]
  2. De Neuville (France)
  3. Frederic Blondeel (Belgium) — [Available in Hong Kong exclusively at Harbour City]
  4. MiO MiKO (Belgium)
  5. Peninsula (Hong Kong)
  6. The Royal Touch (England) — [Launching in Hong Kong at Harbour City’s “Chocolate Trail”]
  7. twelve cupcakes (Singapore)
  8. Vero Chocolate (Hong Kong)
  9. YOKU MOKU (Japan)
  10. zChocolat (France) — [Launching in Hong Kong at Harbour City’s “Chocolate Trail”]

Harbour City Customer Hotline: +852-2118-8666

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Sands China Properties Win Nearly 100 Awards and Accolades in 2014

Honours abound in several categories including hospitality; conventions and exhibitions; food and beverage; and sustainability

MACAO, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — An impressive haul approaching 100 awards and accolades have been given to Sands China Ltd.’s integrated resorts, and to hotels, restaurants and spas across Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao and Sands®Macao in 2014. All of Sands China’s properties were awarded, with the honours highlighting and celebrating Sands China’s excellence and achievement in accommodation, dining, spa, retail, entertainment, MICE, sustainability and more. Sands China continues to set a high standard in the industry, receiving prestigious awards for business and leisure tourism as well as for its commitment to environmental practices.

Sands China Ltd.'s integrated resorts, like The Venetian Macao (pictured), and hotels, restaurants and spas at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao were recognised with close to 100 awards and accolades in 2014.

Sands China Ltd.’s integrated resorts, like The Venetian Macao (pictured), and hotels, restaurants and spas at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao were recognised with close to 100 awards and accolades in 2014.

Recognition has come locally and regionally, as well as from world renowned publications like Forbes, Michelin and TTG. Most recently, Sands China won big with nine total restaurant awards in the Macau Government Tourist Office’s 2014 Star Merchant Awards, part of its newly launched Quality Tourism Services Accreditation Scheme. The Venetian®Macao’s Canton and North, Sands Macao’s Copa Steakhouse and Golden Court, and The Plaza™ Macao’s Windows restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Macao all earned awards in the top category of Deluxe Restaurant. Additionally, Bene and Feast at Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; and Grand Orbit at Conrad Macao, Cotai Central won in the First Class Restaurant category.

“Creating outstanding experiences for visitors of all types – from families to business and leisure travellers – is at the heart of our integrated resort model,” said Gunther Hatt, Executive Vice President of Operations, Sands China Ltd. “The recognition received by Sands China and its properties in 2014 shows that our strategy of providing the market with a diversified tourism product of the highest quality is bearing fruit. Sands China thanks its 28,000 team members for their dedication in making that strategy a reality day in and day out for our customers.”

Just a small sampling of the awards and accolades given to Sands China properties in 2014 reveals:

  • Forbes Travel Guide awarding four stars to Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central in 2014, making it the only Holiday Inn in the world recognised in the prestigious annual ranking
  • Michelin selecting The Venetian Macao’s authentic Indian restaurant the Golden Peacock as a one-star establishment (and reaffirming the designation in its 2015 guide)
  • Shoppes at Four Seasons at The Plaza Macao earning the RLI Shopping Centre Renovation award
  • Conrad Macao, Cotai Central being ranked one of the World’s Best Hotels on Expedia Insiders’ Select List
  • TTG China Travel Awards recognising The Venetian Macao as the Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Macau for seven years running
  • Sands China Ltd. receiving the China Green Enterprise Award for Outstanding Sustainable Development Enterprise
  • The Venetian Macao earning its third straight nod by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia as the Best Luxury Resort in the World
  • The 2014 World Travel Awards naming The Venetian Macao Asia’s Leading Fully Integrated Resort

The award-winning portfolio of Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao consists of The Venetian Macao; The Plaza Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton and Holiday Inn hotels at Sands® Cotai Central. Together with Sands Macao on the Macao peninsula, they offer a variety of business, leisure, and entertainment options for every type of guest, providing a diverse selection of world-class accommodation, dining, retail, meeting facilities and entertainment.

About Sands China Ltd.

Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928, Sands China or the Company) is a Cayman Islands registered company and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company’s Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is comprised of The Venetian®Macao, The Plaza™ Macao and Sands® Cotai Central. The Company also owns and operates Sands®Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company’s integrated resorts contain a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities, a wide range of restaurants, shopping malls, world-class entertainment at the Cotai Arena and the Venetian Theatre, and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company’s property development projects on Cotai have the goal of transforming it into Asia’s premier entertainment and business destination. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE: LVS).

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About Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao – Sands China’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.5 million square feet (140,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian®Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in late 2015…the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip…The Parisian Macao.

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Novak’s Next Hit: Novak Djokovic and Jacob’s Creek Release ‘Made By’ Films Series #MADEBY

BAROSSA VALLEY, Australia, January 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole), world number one tennis player and three-time consecutive Australian Open winner, and iconic Australian wine brand, JACOB’S CREEK (@jacobscreek), have released the new ‘Made By’ film series today.

Unscripted and raw, the films show a side of Novak not seen before as he recounts never before told life stories from Belgrade, Serbia, celebrating what has made him the champion he is today.

Titled ‘Made By Determination’, the documentary style film series takes viewers back to the beginning of Novak’s journey, from growing up in war-torn Serbia, to the dedication of his first coach Jelena Gencic, to his pivotal Grand Slam wins.

Commenting on the films at the Global Premiere, held in Melbourne, Australia last night, Djokovic said: “Everything I experienced growing up has led me to become the person I am today. Creating the Jacob’s Creek ‘Made By’ film series has allowed me to tell my story, in my own words and share it with the world.

My path to success has by no means been easy, but the people, places and passions that have shaped me are integral to my success. These films have given me the chance to acknowledge what I am made by.”

Derek Oliver, Global Marketing Director of Jacob’s Creek, said: “Novak’s ‘Made By’ story brings to life the authentic spirit that Jacob’s Creek celebrates.

“Novak’s ‘Made By’ story is powerful, and the dedication and effort he has put into his career is similar to the people behind Jacob’s Creek. Our partnership has been truly collaborative and that we are proud to take to the world.”

The ‘Made By’ films series, which was directed by Keith ‘Keef’ Ehrlich, has three chapters, ‘Birthed by Serbia’, ‘Shaped by Jelena’ and ‘Inspired by Dreams’. All can be viewed online at

The partnership with Djokovic is part of Jacob’s Creek’s global tennis sponsorship platform, which includes the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the China Open.

The ‘Made By’ film series forms part of the new Jacob’s Creek global campaign.


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AmCham South China Member Companies Battle Poverty in Guangdong’s Meizhou City; Donated Goods Worth RMB 1,216,006 Delivered

Additional RMB 550,000 in Cash Donations from Mead Johnson and other Members to Save Lives of Orphans in Need of Life-Saving Medical Surgery

MEIZHOU, China, Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham South China) as part of its AmCham-Mead Johnson Charity Effort, yesterday brought a large group of business and community leaders including executives from multinational corporations to Chang Yuan Village to deliver material support to the impoverished villagers.

AmCham South China 2015 Charity Event

AmCham South China 2015 Charity Event
AmCham South China 2015 Charity Event

AmCham South China 2015 Charity Event

Under the administration of Meizhou City, Chang Yuan Village has a population of 3,125 individuals, approximately 20 percent of whom are “poverty-stricken” by official measurements. AmCham South China’s collection efforts have resulted in material worth over RMB 1,216,006, including clothing, bedding, hygiene products, educational materials and toys.

AmCham South China’s mission to the village was augmented by a team of medical professionals from the Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center, who offered free on-site medical checkups and consultations to the villagers. Also, to achieve sustainable development, potential investors and experts were invited to join the delegation for investment inspection during the visit to the village.

As part of its overall charity activities this year, AmCham South China also coordinated the donation of more than RMB 550,000 in cash to the Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation which was donated by chamber member Mead Johnson Nutrition and Canton Tower Color China Restaurant Co., Ltd.; these funds will be used to save lives of orphaned children in need of immediate life saving surgery, and help raise Chang Yuan Village above the poverty line.

Guangzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries of Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Bureau, Guangzhou Charity Association of Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau, Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center, and Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation were partners of American Chamber of Commerce South China in the AmCham-Mead Johnson Charity Effort this year.

This is the fifth consecutive year that AmCham South China has collected donations on behalf of impoverished villages in the relatively affluent Guangdong Province. Last five years’ effort channeled donations total valued at over RMB 5 million.

About The American Chamber of Commerce in South China

The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham South China) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating bilateral trade between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Certified in 1995 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C., AmCham South China represents more than 2,300 corporate and individual members, is governed by a fully-independent Board of Governors elected from its membership, and provides dynamic, on-the-ground support for American and International companies doing business in South China. In 2014, AmCham South China hosted nearly 10,000 business executives and government leaders from around the world at its briefings, seminars, committee meetings and social gatherings. The American Chamber of Commerce in South China is a fully-independent organization accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. All AmChams in China are independently governed and represent member companies in their respective regions.

The mission of the American Chamber of Commerce in South China is to promote the development of trade, commerce and investment between the United States and the People’s Republic of China with a special focus on South China; to provide a forum in which member businesses can identify their common interests and discuss solutions for common problems; to work with and advocate member interests with relevant organizations in South China, elsewhere in China and the United States, and to set the standards for corporate social responsibility for the community that the Chamber serves.

About Mead Johnson Nutrition China Ltd

Mead Johnson Nutrition China was founded in 1993. Our manufacturing facility is located at Dong Ji Xia Yuan Road of Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone. It covers an area of 60,000 square meters and boasts some of the world’s most advanced production processes and technology. Currently, the company’s sales network is established in 29 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities nationwide.

Mead Johnson strives to advance its leadership role as part of the healthy growth of the entire pediatric nutrition industry. The company has operated strictly under its first-to-market “All-Rounded Safety” quality management model and GMP standards across its manufacturing, supply chains, storage and distribution networks. Having been awarded ISO9001:2000 certification, Mead Johnson China adheres to HACCP principles, meets national food safety and hygiene standards, and complies with all World Health Organization and U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations for infant formula.

With deep roots in China extending back 21 years, Mead Johnson is committed to delivering professional care and support to Chinese consumers in need by providing high quality nutritional products for pregnant women, infants and children and sharing advanced knowledge through various customer activities to enhance the awareness of the importance of early childhood nutrition by young Chinese parents.

About Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center

Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center (GWCMC) was established with the integration of the former Guangzhou Children’s Hospital and former Guangzhou Maternity Health Care Center. Covering an area of 37 thousand square meters and a built-up area of 130 thousand square meters, the hospital is equipped with 1400 beds. Among the 2603 staff, 282 is holding senior titles, 573 has received master level education or above and 47 of them are MD or MS mentors. In December 2012, GWCMC became the first public hospital in southern China to earn JCI accreditation. 

Year 2013 witnessed 3.69 million outpatient visits, 73,200 discharges and 44,300 surgical operations. The hospital has evolved to be a high-level, comprehensive and multi-disciplinary health care institution, integrating the function of medical and healthcare, prevention, research and education.

“Caring for women and children with benevolence and expertise” remains at the core of the hospital’s mission. Our culture stems from the motto of “Integrity, Professionalism, Endeavor and Diligence”, and core value of “Love, harmony, prudence and practical”.

About the Guangzhou Charity Association-Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau

Founded in 1994, Guangzhou Charity Association is a registered citywide charitable society group approved by the municipal government. It is also a member of China Charity Federation.

The aim of the association is to promote the spirit of humanitarian, to contribute to poverty alleviation, to help people with less fortune and people in need, which indicates the progress and development of the society.

The mission of the organization is to host various charity events, to receive donations from at home and abroad, to assist the government to promote philanthropy, to establish different charity service institutions, and to host charity exchange events at home and abroad.

Since establishment, the award-winning organization contributed a lot to charity promotion, fund raising, emergency rescue, poverty alleviation, medical assistance as well as educational assistance which all yield great results. Till the end of 2013, the fund collected has reached 2.39 billion yuan, and the donated fund by the association has added up to 2.12 billion yuan.

About the Guangzhou People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (GZPAFFC)

The GZPAFFC is a division of the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office, which is overseen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Association’s primary duties include the implementation of national foreign affairs-related guidelines and policies, liaising with international non-governmental and economic organizations on behalf of the municipal government, the reception of visiting personnel and delegations from the same, the organization of outbound goodwill delegations, and “[the execution of] other tasks as instructed by the CPC Guangzhou Committee and Guangzhou Municipal Government.”. More information about the Association can be found on the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office website (

About Changyuan Village

Located in the west of Zhuanshui Town of Wuhua, a famous hometown of Chinese expatriates, Changyuan Village boasts 124.5 hectares of arable land, 68.9 hectares of which are paddy fields. Covering a mountain area of 134 hectares, Changyuan Village is home to 620 households, with the total population reaching up to 3,125. The villagers earn their livelihoods basically by growing rice locally and laboring as migrant workers outside the village. A preliminary household survey shows that 119 households of the village (627 people) currently live below the poverty line, accounting for 19.2% and 20.1% respectively of the total household number and the total village population. These 627 poverty-stricken villagers are thus designated as the focus of assistance in this new round of poverty-alleviating effort. The village is home to one primary school, namely, Changyuan Primary School, with 310 students and 16 teachers.

About Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation

Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation (Hereinafter referred to as GYDF) was founded in May 4th, 1994. This public foundation was co-founded by Guangzhou Committee of China’s Communist Youth League, Guangzhou Youth Federation and Guangzhou Working Committee of Young Pioneers. GYDF aims to rally fund and materials support for development of teenagers’ career by connecting with enterprise & public institutions, social organizations, other organizations and individuals home and abroad; to carry on helping orphans and the poor in their study; to develop First Aid service; to subsidize all districts and institutions to hold various activities which benefit for teenagers’ physical and psychological health; to support and promote studies of teenagers’ problems; to award excellent teenagers and social organizations and individuals who make contribution to teenagers’ career.   

Since its establishment, GYDF has taken an active participation in social welfare with support from different sectors of society. It promotes “Help the Disadvantaged”, devotes to building a harmonious society, dedicates in helping poor students to learn. When the whole nation was faced with natural disasters, GYDF united and led municipal youth to devote in earthquake relief. This manifests noble spirits of Guangzhou great love. Meanwhile, it has received guidance and assistance from central, provincial and municipal authorities.

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Technology Center of Infinitus Yingkou Production Base Officially Unveiled

YINGKOU, China, Dec. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On 15 December, LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG) officially unveiled the Technology Center at its second production base in China, Infinitus Yingkou Production Base.

In full compliance of standards of ISO9001, GMP and ISO 17025, the three-story Technology Center covers a gross area of about 4,200 square meters, well equipped with a general physical and chemical testing room, a high precision testing room, a sensory evaluation room, a microbiology laboratory, a laboratory of packaging materials, a pilot test office and other facilities.

With a total investment of over RMB 27 million for the initial phase, the center has 20-odd sets of pilot-scale equipment, over 110 sets of advanced testing devices and more than 250 detectors. It is designed to handle the testing of over 150 items including relevant products, raw materials and packages, and to supervise the quality control throughout the whole production process.

Meanwhile, the center also boasts a professional team of operators and staff, 83% of whom have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in majors like food, pharmacy, medical science, biology and chemistry as well as rich experience in quality management and technology.

Mr. Harry Yeung, Senior Vice President of LKKHPG and Spokesperson of Infinitus, said, “The ability to constantly provide high-quality products is a cornerstone of corporate development. With the Technology Center successfully put into use, quality management can be effectively implemented at the Yingkou Production Base, enabling the company to provide high-quality TCM health products to the consumers.”

With product safety as the top priority, LKKHPG has its unique philosophy on quality management. Guided by corporate culture, it implements its outstanding supply chain management model as the foundation to establish a comprehensive quality safety system for the whole industrial chain through internal optimization and external synergy, and strives to construct a community of quality responsibility with its partners.

The Yingkou Production Base, whose ground-breaking ceremony took place in July 2012, boasts a total investment of RMB1.5 billion for the initial phase. On 16 October 2014, the base was put into use, which symbolized that the strategic layout of “one South Base and one North Base” in the Chinese mainland officially formed.

Mr. Harry Yeung said, “The Group’s two bases will form highly efficient interaction in quite a few areas including R&D, production, logistics, service and IT. This can significantly improve the company’s core competitiveness and drive the healthy development of TCM industry around the world.”

With “Infinitus” as the core brand, LKKHPG is a member of Lee Kum Kee Group, a Hong Kong-based ethnic enterprise with a history of over 120 years. It has four members, including Infinitus (China) Company Ltd., Infinitus (Hong Kong) Company Ltd., Infinitus International Company Ltd., and Infinitus International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. Since its establishment, LKKHPG has adhered to its mission of “advocating the premium Chinese health regimen and nurturing healthier lives with balance, affluence, and harmony”, and committed itself to providing consumers around the globe with high-quality TCM health products and services.

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